Where Ideas Flourish
Today, as the owner of her own ceramics business, Katherine’s body of work integrates animal figure with vessels using techniques of wheel throwing, altering, sculpting, and detailed carving. Many of the pieces are more decorative than utilitarian, inspired by nature and ceremonial vessels in historical ceramics.
“As a ceramic artist I hope to always strive for a more interesting idea and higher level of craftsmanship. This will help keep me excited and fresh in my approach to clay,” she says.
What advice does she have for others considering art?
“Take advantage of all the resources for studios, equipment, and of course teachers while in school. Finding opportunities to explore other mediums which require specific equipment becomes much harder after college. The resource of knowledge and support from teachers is such a special part of undergrad, where ideas and learning can flourish. But as students, you have to make the effort to actively engage.”
She also advises not letting anyone talk you out of majoring in Art because of the universal skills you can develop such as problem solving, comprehensive thinking, making things with your hands, and creative exploration.
In fact, Katherine has been doing a good bit of exploring this summer during a trip to Japan, where she is visiting a friend. Because both are ceramicists and interested in Japanese religions, their sightseeing has revolved around ceramics and temples as well as the beautiful gardens. The two spent more than a week making work and firing a wood kiln at the Sasayama studio of potter John Dix. Katherine says, “I’m having a great time and seeing lot of fabulous art, architecture, and landscapes, all sure to have inspirational value for my own artwork and life.”
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